Food Reform By:Kennan Guan

REFORMERS FOUGHT AGAINST PROBLEMS IN THE PROGRESSIVE ERA BY SPREADING AWARENESS ON UNSANITARY WORKING CONDITIONS, FOOD REGULATION AND FOOD SAFETY.

Unsanitary WORKING CONDITIONS

The Neill-Reynolds Report

  • Confirmed suspicions about the Meat-Packing Industry
  • Revealed the conditions of the factories
  • Revealed the lack of cleanliness
"these meat scraps were dry, leathery, and unfit to be eaten; and in the heap were found pieces of pigskin, and even some bits of rope strands and other rubbish"
“floors, it must be noted, were in most cases damp and soggy, in dark, ill-ventilated rooms, and the employees in utter ignorance of cleanliness or danger to health expectorated at will upon them”(Neill-Reynolds Report On Meat-Packing Plants (1906))

food regulation

"I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach"

"The Jungle"

  • Written by Upton Sinclair
  • Revealed the terrible conditions at the Chicago meat-packing industry
  • Led to the passage of The Pure Food and Drug Act
“while he was talking with you you could hardly be so ungrateful as to notice that a dozen carcasses were passing him untouched”

Food safety

  • The existence of bacteria was not known until the nineteenth century
  • The first time cleanliness was acknowledged was by Ignaz Semmelweiss
  • Efforts were rejected
"Lack of personal hygiene remains one of the main causes of foodborne illness 150 years later."
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